UPDATE: A Small Victory for Activists Against the Dakota Access Pipeline

“It’s the first glimmer of hope, of good news, that we’ve had out here for weeks—months.”

Source: Activists say Dakota Access Pipeline could be put on hold for 30 days

A Small Victory for Activists Against the Dakota Access Pipeline

Activists who oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline, in North Dakota, have won a small but significant victory.  The US Army Corps of Engineers, the primary governing body for this controversial project have ordered a 30-day halt in any further construction of this potentially very harmful project that activists have opposed for years.

The activists, composed largely of members of The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and many other supporters have fought this project for years, saying that the current route of the Dakota Access Pipeline desecrates sacred tribal locations and burial grounds.  Most importantly, they also claim that the pipeline threatens their water supply because the present route of the pipeline is upstream from the Standing Rock Reservation.

So far, Energy Transfer Partners, the company building the Dakota Access Pipeline hasn’t received the necessary easement that would allow it to dig under the Missouri River.  Col. John W.  Henderson from the US Army Corps of Engineers says he will wait thirty days to grant the easement.  President Obama stated that he would urge the Army Corps of Engineers to reconsider the present route of the pipeline, rerouting it away from the Standing Rock tribe’s reservation to make sure that the tribe’s water supply not be put in danger.

Many people, especially activists, say that this delay will cost the company enough money to stop the project entirely and make it obsolete.  Energy Transfer Partners claims that they are only five days away from starting to dig under the Missouri River.  As one can imagine, stockholders and others who stand to make a profit from the building of this pipeline are not pleased.

On the other hand, I seriously doubt that the activists give a damn about whether Energy Transfer Partners makes a profit.  I know I sure don’t!  Given that this oil that the Dakota Access Pipeline will transport has been under the earth’s surface for thousands of years already, it will be just fine, if he stays there forever.

UPDATE: Since this story was first written, the US Army Corps of Engineers has refused to grant the necessary easement to the company building the Dakota Access Pipeline. This means that the oil company will not be allowed to build the pipeline across the Standing Rock Sioux land, which will protect their water supply from potential harm.

Some people are questioning whether or not President-elect Donald Trump will allow the halting of the easement to happen.

However, this should be viewed as a major victory for not only the Standing Rock Sioux but for anyone who cares about protecting the environment. GOOD NEWS!

 

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Voter Stupidity Got Us Where We Are

Voters Stupidity Got Us Where We Are

 

These people are a perfect example of the voter stupidity that got Donald Trump elected president of the United States. Of course, in my lifetime I’ve had the unfortunate experience of watching voter stupidity getting many unqualified and unsuitable people elected to public office.

When I was growing up in Pennsylvania, I saw many examples of voter stupidity. The part of Pennsylvania I come from is Northwestern Pennsylvania, and many of the electorates were dairy farmers. An example of the voter stupidity that I saw was among these people. Every election, they just trudged into the polling place and cast a straight Republican ticket. If you ask them why they were Republican, they would just tell you “well, my father was a Republican, and before him, my grandfather was a Republican. If it is good enough for them, it’s good enough for me”.

As I grew older, this type of thinking struck me as being illogical. The reason why I say this is because, for example, when there was a bill before the Assembly or the Senate in Harrisburg that would raise the price supports on milk, something which would benefit these same farmers, that bill was usually voted down by Republican legislators. In other words, farmers voted for the very people who were causing them to barely get by and stay some of the poorest people in Pennsylvania. By voting Republican, they were hurting themselves but refused to recognize that even when you pointed it out to them.

The people in this video are the type of people who remind me of lemmings, the little animals that occasionally throw themselves en mass off of the cliffs of Siberia into the cold ocean to die. They just follow each other mindlessly and without question. After watching this video, I just had this picture in my mind about these people following each other over a cliff. That’s voter stupidity in a nutshell.

The optimist in me wants to believe that these people are anomalies and not an accurate representation of the average American citizen. However, after what happened on November 8, 2016, I wonder if my optimism is justified. I hope so!

 

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Donald Trump Stops Blowing One of His Dog Whistles 

Source: Trump abandons promise to lock up Hillary Clinton

Donald Trump Stops Blowing One Of His Dog Whistles

I was always under the impression that one had to actually commit a crime before being locked up, least if there was any type of justice left in the United States.  However, that didn’t stop Donald Trump from using the “campaign promise” (a.k.a. ploy) of promising to lock up Hillary Clinton if he was elected POTUS.

Most people who had any sense knew that Mrs. Clinton was guilty of nothing that would make it possible for her to be locked up.  On the other hand, Trump supporters, most of whom have very little sense, was stupid enough to listen to one of the dog whistles that he used throughout his campaign.  Now it seems that he has stopped blowing this particular dog whistle, much to the disappointment of his fans.  Oh well!  They were the ones stupid enough to listen to his bullshit first.

Even though he and his supporters (“deplorables” according to Hillary Clinton) wanted to make a big thing out of her so-called “e-mail scandal”, it has been pretty well shown that there was little substance to build a case on, and I’m pretty sure that the Donald Trump campaign knew it all along.

Even though “eleventh-hour” announcement from James Comey, head of the FBI, that the Justice Department was going to stay with its original finding that Mrs. Clinton had done nothing wrong or criminal. It said that they would not pursue any investigation because it  was unwarranted.  Unfortunately for Hillary Clinton, and probably the rest of the country, this news came far too late in the game to affect the outcome of the election.

By the way, the person delivering the speech in this video, Chris Christie, is one of the biggest criminals and should be locked up behind the “Bridgegate” scandal. Everyone in New Jersey who has any sense knows that he is as guilty as hell.  For Christie to even imply that someone else is a crook is like the pot calling the kettle black.

Maybe, I’ll take back that part about justice in the United States.  After this election, I’m convinced that there probably is none.

 

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The Alt-Right: Who Are They?

On the political scene, there seems to be what is conceived as a “new group” that has arisen to take part in the political process in the United States.

The Alt-Right: Who Are They?

altright On the political scene, there seems to be a “new group” that has arisen to take part in the political process in the United States. They are the Alternative Right, also known as the “Alt-Right.” In actuality, these people have been around for a long time, although they preferred to be mostly unseen.

Members of the Alt-Right movement believe that the conservative movement in this country doesn’t go far enough to maintain “traditional values,” or to further the conservative agenda in the most efficient way. Many members of the normal conservative movement in the United States are afraid of members of the Alt-Right. They not only think that this movement is far too radical in its position, but discredits the entire conservative movement because many members of the Alt-Right movement believe that it’s okay to further its agenda by any means necessary. Often, these means include violence against those who disagree with their position, including other members of the conservative movement. They are often viewed as “loose cannons” to regular conservatives.

the-alt-right-is-not-racistThe Alt-Right espouses a belief system that is considered to be offensive by most people, mostly because of its nature. The Alt-Right is made up of white supremacists, or as they now seem to prefer to be known as “white nationalist.” This term is three just another buzzword for racist.  The ranks include such groups as, The Aryan Nation, the Ku Klux Klan, and skinheads.

Formerly, the Alt-Right preferred to remain in the shadows because of their activities, and that they were cowards about bringing their offensive belief system out into the public eye. Also, even within this movement, they were never confident about their numbers. Often, members of a movement of this type only feel empowered when they know that there are others who will defend their belief system. The only feels strength in numbers because they are too cowardly to stand alone.

However, with the election of Donald Trump, the members of the Alt-Right hand seemingly come out of the woodwork, mostly because a primary candidate has used their brand of hate speech in a presidential election. These members of the Alt-Right, or as I prefer to call them, bigots have felt free to come out and preach their hateful doctrine of racism because of a major political candidate, Donald Trump has encapsulated in his rhetoric something that they relate to; racism, sexism, Islamaphobia, Xenophobia, and anti-Semitism. These bigoted positions were mainstays of the entire Trump campaign.

Steve BannonEven though he doesn’t acknowledge it, Donald Trump has given these people a type of power they haven’t had in recent years. Not only does he refuse to acknowledge that he has given them free license to come out into the open, but he refuses to distance himself from them. He has even brought a prominent member of the Alt-Right into his cabinet as his chief of staff, the former editor of Breitbart, Steve Bannon.

Breitbart News seems to be the primary outlet for members of the Alt-Right to express themselves and spread their message of hatred and racism. This message is the main reason that the appointment of Steve Bannon to a position where he will have the ear of the president is controversial but dangerous. The Alt-Right also has a propensity for using the Internet for spreading its ugly word, particularly through the use of trolling and spreading hateful “memes.”

President-elect Donald Trump, if he is half as smart as he thinks, will put as much distance between himself and the Alt-Right as he can. So far, he hasn’t done that or even indicated that he has any intention of doing so.

 

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Bernie Sanders Takes a Reporter To School

 

Bernie Sanders Takes a Reporter to School

This video shows a major reason I would love and appreciate Bernie 8anders even if I wasn’t already a diehard supporter. Bernie Sanders isn’t afraid to take on anyone if they are saying something that makes no sense, or seems to be ridiculous.  This is a quality that I respect in a person.  Calling it as you see it shows that Bernie Sanders is a very honest person and is worthy of great respect.

In this video, Bernie Sanders gets angry at a reporter who asked him a stupid question about who Sen. Sanders thinks may run for president in 2020. Apparently, Bernie Sanders thinks this question is ridiculous and inappropriate, especially since we haven’t even inaugurated Donald Trump yet.

I think this anger, express by Bernie Sanders, may not be directed against the reported as it is the current situation in this country. Maybe he was thinking about the fact that he probably would have won the presidency, instead of Donald Trump as he had been the candidate instead of Hillary Clinton.

This latter statement is something that I truly believe to be true. Bernie Sanders would have defeated Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, if he had been the Democratic candidate.

 

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Trump Appoints White Nationalist Steve Bannon

President-elect Donald Trump has appointed Steve Bannon to an advisory level and empowers in his view administration, even though Bannon is a well-known White Nationalist.

Trump Appoints White Nationalist Steve Bannon

steve-bannonPresident-elect Donald Trump has appointed Steve Bannon to an advisory level cabinet post in his new administration, even though Bannon is a well-known White Nationalist. In case you may not know, the term “white nationalist” is a code word for a white supremacist. As you can imagine, the appointment of Steve Bannon to such a high-level position is highly controversial, even among diehard Trump supporters.

Even though Bannon denies having ties to the white national movement, there is ample evidence that he is a sympathizer to their cause. Both the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) have called on President-elect Trump to rescind his appointment. The  SPLC issued an adamant statement against his appointment.

Steve Bannon comes to the White House from Breitbart News, which should say about who he is. If you have ever read Breitbart, you will quickly recognize that it’s nothing more than a right-wing cesspool of ultra-conservative propaganda. In fact, Breitbart News makes Fox News almost look liberal.

On the one hand, the people running the Trump transition say that they are going to distance themselves from some of the volatile rhetoric that took place during the campaign nationalist and an anti-Semite like Steve Bannon into a position where he will always have the President’s ear.

Donald Trump’s transition team is trying very hard to mend fences and undo some of the damage done by his ugly rhetoric.  The appointment of a known White Nationalist (a.k.a. white supremacist) like Steve Bannon only makes their job harder than it is already.  People in the Republican Party who were not supportive of his campaign, are now kissing his ass in a lame attempt to ingratiate themselves to him.  What a disgusting scene!

Will the hypocrisy of Donald Trump ever stop?

 

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Donald Trump: Bad Business for People with Disabilities

The man who says he has given more to Americans with disabilities than anyone else has faced a slew of lawsuits over ADA compliance.

Source: Donald Trump’s War on People With Disabilities

Donald Trump: Bad Business for People with Disabilities.

Why am I not surprised that Donald Trump has a fucked up attitude about people with disabilities especially as he openly mocked a reporter from the New York Times, who has a disability.  When it comes to the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), his attitude is equally fucked up.  Donald Trump, who touts himself as such a great businessman, apparently doesn’t appreciate the billions of dollars that are generated by a business by just taking a few simple steps to make sure of equal access for people with disabilities.

Studies have shown that when a company caters to the needs of disabled people by following a few simple steps, set forth by the ADA, it is good business for a couple of reasons. First, people with disabilities are willing to spend money just like other people.  This puts more money and profits into the coffers of businesses who comply with the ADA.  Following the ADA also creates a great Stopreputation of business because it gives them more of a “human” face.  Whenever a corporation enhances their reputation by at least seeming to care about members of the community, it’s alway makes them look good in the public eye.  A positive image is always good business because most people look at companies as cold-blooded, non-caring entities that are only interested in making money.

Donald Trump has been sued several times for violating the ADA by not complying with it.  Most notably, the Trump Taj Mahal Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City has been sued for noncompliance with the ADA.  The Taj Mahal has been shown to be an access nightmare, with many violations.  Other businesses, owned by Donald Trump, have also been sued for noncompliance with the ADA.

Donald Trump always likes to showcase his supposed great business acumen and skill.  To hear him tell it, one would think that his business sense is the biggest thing since sliced bread.  Since he has shown himself to be nothing more than a windbag, we should not be surprised that he is anything more than another big problem for people with disabilities.

 

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Fracking in North Dakota: More Raping Of Our Environment

One of the reasons that environmentalists, and other people, are opposed to further development of the Bakken Oil Field in North Dakota is because it requires the use of a controversial and dangerous technique known as fracking, or hydraulic fracturing.

Fracking in North Dakota: More Raping of Our Environment

fracking_03 One of the reasons that environmentalists, and other people, are opposed to further development of the Bakken Oil Field in North Dakota Is because it requires a controversial and dangerous technique known as fracking or hydraulic fracturing.

Fracking, also known as hydraulic fracturing is a dangerous process that uses millions of gallons of water and tons of harmful chemicals are pumped underground, under tremendous pressure.  These pressurized materials force all gasses, including everything from natural gas to toxic greenhouse gasses.  Among these greenhouse gasses is methane gas, long known to be one of the most harmful of the greenhouse gasses.

Fracking has been used extensively to extract oil from the Bakken Shale.  It’s frightening to think about the amount of methane gas has been released into the atmosphere, as result of fracking in North Dakota.  Fracking Bakken Oil has probably caused extensive environmental damage at an incredible rate.

At a time when people who care about the environment are trying to get away from our dependency on fossil fuels, is exploiting the Bakken formation worth it?

 

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A Small Victory for Activists Against the Dakota Access Pipeline

“It’s the first glimmer of hope, of good news, that we’ve had out here for weeks—months.”

Source: Activists say Dakota Access Pipeline could be put on hold for 30 days

A Small Victory for Activists Against the Dakota Access Pipeline

Activists who oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline, in North Dakota, have won a small but significant victory.  The US Army Corps of Engineers, the primary governing body for this controversial project have ordered a 30-day halt in any further construction of this potentially very harmful project that activists have opposed for years.

The activists, composed largely of members of The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and many other supporters have fought this project for years, saying that the current route of the Dakota Access Pipeline desecrates sacred tribal locations and burial grounds.  Most importantly, they also claim that the pipeline threatens their water supply because the present route of the pipeline is upstream from the Standing Rock Reservation.

So far, Energy Transfer Partners, the company building the Dakota Access Pipeline hasn’t received the necessary easement that would allow it to dig under the Missouri River.  Col. John W.  Henderson from the US Army Corps of Engineers says he will wait thirty days to grant the easement.  President Obama stated that he would urge the Army Corps of Engineers to reconsider the present route of the pipeline, rerouting it away from the Standing Rock tribe’s reservation to make sure that the tribe’s water supply not be put in danger.

Many people, especially activists, say that this delay will cost the company enough money to stop the project entirely and make it obsolete.  Energy Transfer Partners claims that they are only five days away from starting to dig under the Missouri River.  As one can imagine, stockholders and others who stand to make a profit from the building of this pipeline are not pleased.

On the other hand, I seriously doubt that the activists give a damn about whether Energy Transfer Partners makes a profit.  I know I sure don’t!  Given that this oil that the Dakota Access Pipeline will transport has been under the earth’s surface for thousands of years already, it will be just fine, if he stays there forever.

 

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Gary Johnson Opposed to Net Neutrality

He’s doing well among millennials, but they won’t love his stance here.

Source: Here’s one big policy where Gary Johnson and millennials have opposite views

Gary Johnson Opposed to Net Neutrality

This is another position, taken by Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson; that blows my mind.  What blows my mind, even more, is the fact that many of his supporters are former supporters of Bernie Sanders, even though they are opposites, at least politically.  I’m pretty sure that Bernie Sanders is not pleased with his former supporters.

The support of Gary Johnson shown by millennials is also another area that has me baffled, not to mention dismayed.  Either these people are so anti-Hillary, or they are not paying attention to the situation that they are willing to take a massive, and potentially costly gamble. Gary Johnson has taken a position in opposition to net neutrality, a controversial issue that has confronted our society for the last several years.

Net neutrality, also known as Internet neutrality, is a position where Internet providers (ISPs) are not allowed to enhance connections to certain websites, interfere with the bandwidth of each site, decreasing access to certain websites, or entirely blocking access to certain websites.  The concept of net neutrality is a way of guaranteeing everyone free access to the Internet, regardless of political position or corporate affiliation.  Net neutrality will make sure open access to the Internet for everyone regardless of who they are.

I don’t understand why supporters of Gary Johnson, especially millennials, and former Bernie Sanders fans cannot grasp that the candidate they now support is against something that most of them are for, net neutrality.  Bernie Sanders was a great advocate for net neutrality, as he said on many occasions. It distresses me that, as a Bernie Sanders supporter myself, that so many others are so stupid or naïve as to trust Gary Sanders.  It also distresses me that so many millennials also support him, even though studies show that they are also largely in support of net neutrality.

Gary Johnson has always supported a ludicrous and shortsighted position calling for increased usage of coal-fired power plants; something that studies have also shown millennials are opposed to because they are opposed to greenhouse gasses and global warming, I cannot understand where they are coming from, by supporting a candidate like Gary Johnson.

Gary Johnson has also said that the government should not do anything about global warming. He is also against net neutrality.  This makes him a candidate for president that I would never vote. Why so many millennials and former supporters of Bernie Sanders are supporting Gary Johnson tells me that they either aren’t paying attention or are so disaffected and disenchanted with the system that they are willing to risk it all by voting for Gary Johnson for President of United States.  I certainly hope that they don’t get the chance to see their mistake after it’s too late.

 

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